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4 November 2016

Autumn Concert

The first formal concert of the school year proved to be another great success and the wide range of performances was enjoyed by an appreciative audience. With roughly 40 children taking part in total, it was a wonderful occasion and a sign of great things to come this year.

The concert began with the Brass Group, directed by Mr Paul, playing Thankful for Small Mercies. It was lovely to see some new members in the group as well as some familiar faces, and they are already making a terrific ensemble sound. They were followed by Rose Cartwright (Yr 4) on violin playing Cha Cha Bowing with a good sense of fun and rhythm. Isabelle Mantyk-House (Yr 5) followed with the classic Rodgers and Hart number My Funny Valentine, and JJ Dayus-Jones (Yr 4) on ‘cello performed the Largo from Vivaldi’s Sonata VI.

Emily Ogle (Yr 6) was the first pianist of the evening and she impressed with the rhythmically complex and exciting The Wit and Wisdom of the Night by Mark Tanner. Hettie Chippendale (Yr 6) on violin played a beautiful Allegro by Vivaldi and she was followed by Anastasia Woodard (Yr 8) on trumpet with the charming Album Leaf from Grieg’s Lyric Pieces Op.12

Violinist Georgina Ambler (Yr 6) enthralled with her polished performance of the exciting Spanish Dance by Bohm and Will Southon (Yr 7) then gave us a double helping of viola with the two short pieces Mean Street Chase and the Prelude from Charpentier’s Te Deum.

Matthew Osborne (Yr 8) gave an assured and poised performance of the Andante movement from Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat Major after which Julia Louw (Yr 7) charmed with the lyrical and delicate Waltz-Scherzo from Shostakovich’s Dances of the Dolls for piano. Isabel Ambler (Yr 8) offered a coolly jazzy flute piece, Lonely and Blue by Hart, before Arjun Ashok (Yr 7) dazzled with the famous ‘Minute’ Waltz by Chopin. The final soloist of the night was Hannah Johnston (Yr 8) on violin who gave a confident, sweeping performance of the Allegro from Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor.

The evening was rounded off perfectly by the Senior Choir performing the liltingly melodious If I Planted a Garden by De Ford and then a wonderfully upbeat Gonna Build A Mountain by Bricusse and Newley.

This thoroughly wonderful evening of music-making was enjoyed by all who attended and we look forward to the next occasion!

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